MFA Admissions Requirements

Applications open for Fall 2021: October 2, 2020

Deadline for Fall 2021:  January 2, 2021

Fall notification date mid-March
Application fee $106.00 for Canadians
$168.25 for international students
Annual enrolment limit No limit, but typically 6 students
Applications accepted by mail or online Online only


Please note that all supporting documents (e.g., writing sample, official transcripts, references) are now uploaded as electronic files to the online application. Applicants will only be required to submit official hard-copy transcripts for verification if they are offered admission.

Due to COVID-19 we ask that all application materials be sent electronically through the online application system. Admissions staff are working remotely and will be unable to process incoming mail. If it is absolutely necessary to send an application document by post please send to:
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
170-6371 Crescent Road
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 1Z2

Admissions Requirements


Applicants to the MFA in visual art normally hold a BFA, BA, or BEd degree with a major in studio arts. This bachelor’s degree normally requires four years of study with a B+ average in third and fourth year-level coursework. From Quebec, a three-year bachelor’s degree is acceptable provided the Diplome d’Etudes Collegiales (D.E.C.) has been previously awarded. It is strongly advised that, at minimum, an applicant has 18 academic credits of non-studio courses at the 300 level or above, with at least a B+ (76%) standing in each. This is to ensure that, if admitted, the student will benefit from the academic components of the program.

The assessment of the portfolio submitted as evidence of artistic standing is given important consideration during the admission process. Assessment is also based on the Statement of Intent, letters of reference, academic record, published writing, or other evidence of achievement.

If you are an international student, please refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies website to confirm the minimum admission requirements. These standards constitute the minimum requirement, and admission remains at the discretion of the department. If you do not meet these requirements, please contact the department’s graduate program coordinator.

For more detailed information please see the MFA in Visual Art Program brochure: DOWNLOAD